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Angry parents are suing a school in Kawaguchi, Japan, after their son missed out on a school trip overseas after his bungling teacher lost his passport.

The teacher had insisted on being given all the pupils' passports for safe keeping.

But a day before the trip to Taiwan he confessed he'd lost one of them.

"Naturally he was very upset and we're angry too. Instead of joining his friends he had to stay at school and study.

"We've paid for this visit and now he can't go," said the teenager's dad.

A local education board spokesman said: "We can understand how distressing this is. The teacher has been negligent in his duties and we apologise."

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